English Toy Terrier

Description:
The English toy Terrier, also known as the toy Manchester Terrier, weighs less than three kilograms and as far as the rest is concerned it is similar to its older cousin. The ears of this dog are raised up naturally, which are more separate around the base and narrow at the top. In general this dog is slightly longer than it is in height and has good bones and is pretty muscular giving it agility and resistance. Without variations this dog's coat is short, and it has a black and fire color to it. The expression of this dog is very smart and alert and it has small eyes that have an almond shape and are oblique and shiny. The head of this dog is long and narrow and the cheekbones are not visible. The muzzle and the skull are the same in length. The neck is long and slightly arched and the chest is narrow but long; its ribs are also pretty ample, its abdomen is retracted, and the tail is thicker at the base and things at the ends of it. The front legs of this dog are straight with closed elbows and it has compact and well-arched feet. The hind legs are angled and the hocks are low.

Ideal owner:
The English toy Terrier is one of the authentic English breeds and has kept its popularity in England for years. It's a small dog but it isn't fragile and its shiny black and fiery coat makes it a very attractive dog. The English toy Terrier is a very affectionate dog and it needs a very caring owner that will teach it and share to its life with. Keep in mind that this dog can become aggressive and too excited if it is spoiled or treated incorrectly. As is the case of most toy dogs, this dog needs correct management and must be socialized so that it can develop its lovable and charming personality.

Growth:
At birth this dog weighs around 140 to 170 grams. The spurs are cut during the first week of birth. Puppies are generally born all black however you might be able to notice some fire colored spots on it at this age. At around four weeks of age you should be able to notice the spots of fire on its coat. The way the ears are is very important since this is one of the most important characteristics of this breed. The ears must never be nipped; the dog should be able to lift them upwards at around a month to six months of age. If a dog is not able to lift its ears they can be professionally done. It's not recommended to do this too early though as it can cause tooth retention of the baby teeth which will then need to be pulled.

General health: The English toy Terrier is a small companion dog that is easy to care for. The amount of care it needs is actually quite minimal. In general it needs to be brushed and groomed every two days and the owner must check its eyes, ears and pads. It is susceptible to tarsus dislocation, however this problem can be surgically resolved. The skin of this dog is sensitive so it will be necessary to avoid it from getting cold and humid. Skin infections have been seen in this breed but these can be limited up to certain point with the right care. A rare skin problem that has been seen in the big Manchester has also been seen in this breed and it's called coetaneous asthenia; the symptoms of this disease are soft, delicate and humid skin and paleness of the skin. Epilepsy and Von Willebrand has also been seen but they are not frequent. The English toy Terrier needs more physical exercise than toy Terriers. It does have some background abnormalities in the blood such as gingivitis and to other teeth and gum problems.

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